Monday, August 10, 2015

Summer Bucket List update - round up #2!

While I'm Waiting...summer bucket list update #2
It's crazy how quickly our summer is coming to an end!  Just a few more weeks to cross a few more items off our summer bucket list!  Here's a recap of our progress since last month!

visit a zoo we've never been to - We actually visited two zoos last month!  
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Hope had never been to the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco so during Camp Spoil Me Rotten while the Bigs are Gone, we took her and a friend.  You can read more about her fun week here!
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After we picked the bigs up from camp, we visited the Austin Zoo.  This zoo isn't your typical zoo - it's a rescue/rehabilitation zoo for animals in need.

+ go to a splash pad - Hope checked this one off while the bigs were at camp!  We met a couple of friends there and they had a splashin' good time!!!
While I'm Waiting...summer bucket list update #2
While I'm Waiting...summer bucket list update #2
While I'm Waiting...summer bucket list update #2
While I'm Waiting...summer bucket list update #2

see fireworks - One of the things my boys LOVE doing is setting off fireworks!  We went to the lake this year and many of the people will set off fireworks from their piers.  It's like watching a firework tennis match!  You have no idea where the next one is coming from!  It's so much fun and always a great show!
While I'm Waiting...summer bucket list update #2
While I'm Waiting...summer bucket list update #2
While I'm Waiting...summer bucket list update #2
While I'm Waiting...summer bucket list update #2

do random acts of kindness - Weeks 7 and 9 of the Summer of Service challenge encouraged us to do random acts of kindness and to a $1 challenge - spread kindness for $1 or less.  Holden loved the RAK week while Hope did lots of "little" acts of kindness while the bigs were at camp.  I love to see how excited they get while blessing others!
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 Holden LOVES to ding-dong-ditch people and she LOVES dogs so she surprised her favorite dog lover by ding DOG ditching her with a bag of bones for her pups!
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While I'm Waiting...summer bucket list update #2
We also paid for the person behind us in the drive-thru line (and asked the cashier to not say who paid!).  Holden said, "my favorite part is when they reach for their wallet and find out their meal is free - they always smile SO big!"
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 Hope wanted a bouncy ball form this machine so bad!  But, after talking she decided that it would be way more fun to surprise someone else with one!  I was so proud when she put the money in and didn't turn the dial!
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We made a quick trip to the dollar store for a package of chalk.  We stopped by a local park and left it for someone else to find!
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 She was just a little excited about leaving a bag of popcorn at the Redbox machine!
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We also attached a lottery ticket to a gas pump.  We hope the person who found it was lucky!

hike to a waterfall - This one was super important to Holden!  I had been looking for a waterfall that we could go to since the beginning of the summer (cause waterfalls in Texas are hard to find, ya'll!).  I was so excited when I looked and saw that Krause Springs was just a few miles from where we were staying after picking the kids up from camp!  Now, I would be lying if I said Holden was thrilled when she saw it.  It wasn't much of a "hike" (hey, we did have to walk to it!) and the waterfall was small but, again, we live in Texas!  Not everything can be bigger!  :)  She ended up having a great day and we were happy to check off another bucket list item!
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we were there with our favorite friends so I snagged this pic from her page!
;) thanks, Shelly!
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Yes, Hope is crying!  Being the baby sometimes sucks - like when your mom makes you wear a life jacket to keep you safe!  And slippery rocks.  And 68 degree water.  
You name it - she wasn't happy about it!  

go an an alphabet photo walk - While we were at the Cameron Park Zoo, we did an alphabet scavenger hunt with Hope and Jacque!  Soon I'll put together the pictures into a photo book for each girl.  These books are some of Hope's very favorites!
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 A is for anaconda.
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F is for fish.
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O is for otter.
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 T is for tortoise.
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Z is for zoo!

go to a parade - We actually had two parades in one day!  For the past few years (except for last year) our neighborhood has had a 4th of July parade.  It's SO much fun! This year we decked out Hope's Barbie jeep with everything we had that was red, white, and blue!
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While I'm Waiting...summer bucket list update #2
While I'm Waiting...summer bucket list update #2
 Hope decided that the golf carts were driving too slow so she took off around them.  You should have seen me running behind her trying to get them back in their spot!
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 Holden and Maggie walked the parade route.  Maggie also won Most Patriotic Pet!
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 Hanging out with friends was more important than the parade for Colby!
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While I'm Waiting...summer bucket list update #2
Such a fun day!  Hope won Most Patriotic Girl and was also awarded a prize for her jeep decorations.  Such a fun day!  I hope this is a tradition that continues for many years!
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We were also treated to a 4th of July boat parade!

A few other things that we are working on are:
- one Pinterest craft/week - We slacked off a bit on this during July but we did mange to pull off a couple of things:
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patriotic red, white and blue layered drinks {source}
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Our sweet neighbors moved so I put this little gift together for her.  Inspiration found here.

take one picture each day for the entire summer - Here are a  few of my FAVORITE Instagram pics from last month!
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 quite possibly my favorite pic of the summer!
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 Hope was sad - she was SO close to black out at family bingo night!
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 Caught these two taking a break from yard work.
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 Impromptu concert of This Little Light of Mine on a continuous loop!
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Doesn't everyone look this fabulous while shopping at Target?

We are days in to August and looking forward to checking a few more things of our summer bucket list!  Since we live in a college town, there is always an air of excitement as everyone goes back to school.  I tend to dread the start of school.  Why?  Well, because summer is just FUN!  Granted, there are days that I beg for alone time, get really tired of hearing them fight with each other, and want a genie to appear every time someone asks, "what's for lunch" but overall having everyone under one roof for three months is great!  So, I'm off to soak up these last few weeks of summer and maybe we'll check off a thing or two of our remaining bucket list items!  ;)

Hope you are having a fabulous day!  Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

and come back on Wednesday for the Waiting on...Wednesday link-up - a place where you can link up what you are waiting on, going through, making, anything - as long as it's family-friendly!  :)  
AND...for the next 3 weeks, you can find a BONUS link-up here for summer family fun posts! There are 30 co-hosts so your post will get maximum exposure!!!  Feel free to link up both days!
Be sure you check out my FAVORITE link-ups page to see where I'm linking up today.  Stop by and show them some love! :)
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10 comments:

  1. I love all your random acts of kindness! So cute and sweet!

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! We have so much fun doing them! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a super day!

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  2. I'm worn out! Y'all have been busy!

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    1. Haha! Not really! July started out pretty slow - we made up lots of ground when the bigs were at camp and after pick-up! :)

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  3. Your family sure looks like they've been having a REALLY adventurous summer. That's the best kind. :)

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    1. I've learned that I have to be intentional, Rachel. Otherwise August rolls around and we look back and think, "where did summer go?!" Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you back soon!

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  4. LOVE the summer bucket list ideas! I think the random acts of kindness ideas are amazing and can't wait to do them with my daughters! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. It's one of our favorite things to do together! Something about secretly making others happy just really gets you going! I hope you and your daughters enjoy them as much as we do! I'm so glad you stopped by! Hope you have a super day!

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  5. The bucket list idea is fantastic and looks like you all are having so much fun with it! Thanks for sharing with us at the Inspire Me Mondays Link-Up!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Bridget! We are trying to soak up every drop of fun we can! :) School will be here before we know it!

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